Archive for the ‘seal hunt’ Category

Good News from the EU has come in.

Attempts to overturn the EU ban on Canadian Commercial Seal Products have been on going and the Canadian Government has spent millions in their pro-slaughter campaigns as well as we all know.

EU SealsThere is a huge difference between Inuit who hunt seals to provide food for their families and who DO NOT waste any part of the seals that are killed humanely and the Commercial Sealers who club seal pups and often skin them alive for the sole purpose of profit.

The debate has raged on for decades and despite the World Wide Protests  the Canadian Government has allowed this mass and horrific slaughter to continue despite the fact that the EU banned the importation of seal products obtained in this manner some time ago.

We have all seen the horrific pictures and videos published by major Animal Welfare Groups around the world.

Well, this time, there are no graphic and bloody pictures to include in this post.  Instead, please click on the Press Release to the left and read some good news for a change.

Anyone wishing a complete copy of the Judgement can contact me, and I will try to send via email to you.

Below is an Excerpt contained in the EU Judgment:


25 April 2013 (*)

(Trade in seal products – Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 – Detailed rules for implementation – Regulation (EU) No 737/2010 – Prohibition on placing such products on the market – Exception in favour of Inuit communities – Plea of illegality – Legal basis – Subsidiarity – Proportionality – Misuse of powers )


 Facts, procedure and forms of order sought

1        On 16 September 2009, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 on trade in seal products (OJ 2009 L 286, p. 36) (‘the basic regulation’), which, according to Article 1 thereof, has as its purpose the establishment of harmonised rules concerning the placing on the market of seal products.

2        Article 3(1) of the basic regulation provides:

‘The placing on the market of seal products shall be allowed only where the seal products result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and contribute to their subsistence. These conditions shall apply at the time or point of import for imported products.’

3        Recital 14 in the preamble to the basic regulation states in that regard that the fundamental economic and social interests of Inuit communities engaged in the hunting of seals as a means to ensure their subsistence should not be adversely affected. According to that recital, the hunt is an integral part of the culture and identity of the members of the Inuit society, and as such is recognised by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Therefore, the placing on the market of seal products which result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and which contribute to their subsistence should be allowed.

4        It follows from Article 3(4) and Article 5(3) of the basic regulation that measures for, inter alia, the implementation of the authorisation in favour of Inuit communities have to be adopted by the European Commission.

5        Article 8 of the basic regulation provides that, although that regulation is to enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, Article 3 is to apply from 20 August 2010.






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38      Similarly, recitals 4 and 5 in the preamble to the basic regulation state that ‘[t]he hunting of seals has led to expressions of serious concerns by members of the public and governments sensitive to animal welfare considerations’ because of the suffering caused to those animals when they were killed and skinned, and that it was. ‘[i]n response to concerns of citizens and consumers about … animal welfare … and the possible presence on the market of products obtained from animals killed and skinned in a way that causes … suffering, [that] several Member States [had] adopted or intend[ed] to adopt legislation regulating trade in seal products by prohibiting the import and production of such products, while no restrictions [were] placed on trade in these products in other Member States’.






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42      Moreover, it should be noted that the protection of animal welfare is a legitimate objective in the public interest, the importance of which was reflected, in particular, in the adoption by the Member States of the Protocol on the protection and welfare of animals, annexed to the EC Treaty (OJ 1997 C 340, p. 110). Moreover, the Court has held on a number of occasions that the interests of the Union include the health and protection of animals (judgment of 10 September 2009 in Case C‑100/08 Commission v Belgium, not published in the ECR, paragraph 91).

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May 2, 2012 – a Date to remember.In a message received by a dear friend, some good news for a change.

Message from IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare

Senator Mac Harb’s bill to end the commercial seal hunt, which would help sealers out of the industry while protecting the rights of Inuit and First Nations people, was sent for second reading.
This means that the commercial seal hunt will be debated in the Canadian Senate for the first time in history. It is encouraging that politics in Canada may have finally evolved to a place where the facts on commercial sealing can be discussed.

At a time when vital services in Canada are being cut and all levels of government are talking about fiscal responsibility, it makes no sense to pour more money into propping up the dying seal hunt industry. It’s time for a rational and open debate about this wasteful and cruel industry.

The facts are clear: commercial sealing is inhumane and unnecessary, and it’s time for it to end.”

Bloggers Note:

IFAW promises to continue the fight and end this barbaric industry.

Please support Mac Harb’s bill.  Thank you.




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Once again I am publishing on the request and  behalf of Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CAFWR)

Take a look Steven Harper There is blood on your hands

Steven Harper this is what you are supporting ! Take a long hard look? Now there is CONCRETE evidence that 42% of baby seals… yes that is BABY seals ( a few weeks old) are conscious  when being skinned alive! The seal hunt is over ! 80 % of Canadians don’t want it. 80% translates to over 27 MILLION Canadians  who want this brutal cruelty stopped. So does the rest of the world .You have no markets any more.


At the end of the day .China will say no to you and you have nowhere else to go to sell this bloody slaughter .Stock piling seal skins is laughable  !Do you really believe that over time there will be a market for stock piled seal skins and meat ?


Admit defeat Mr Harper? You are only adding more fuel to the fire of the erosion of your government. All your government will EVER be remembered for is the perpetuation of Canada’s  “bloody shame”…… in arrogance and defiance of the wishes of Canada and her citizens


Retrain the sealers for other industries and work. BUY THEM OUT NOW?


 Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!


Why are Taxpayers Subsidizing the Dying Seal Slaughter Industry?


IFAW Documents Unacceptable Cruelty During 2011 Seal Hunt


Per:The Honourable Mac Harb on Canadian Seal Hunt


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REBLOG:  As received via Email from CFAWR

Why are Taxpayers Subsidizing the Dying Seal Slaughter Industry?

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In the digital age, local issues have increasingly become global. The Canadian East Coast commercial seal slaughter — the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world — is a case in point. Footage of live gaffing, injured seals escaping into the water to die slowly, and piles of baby seal carcasses left to rot on the ice have resulted in international condemnation and officials in global markets rejecting these products of cruelty.

And with recent bans on the trade in harp seal skins in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, what little market remained for the Canadian sealing industry following the 2009 European Union prohibition on seal product trade has now been eliminated. Let’s not forget that the United States, Mexico and others have also implemented similar bans, and despite millions in taxpayer dollars spent by the federal government, markets in China have failed to materialize.

With so many international markets closed, one of the largest Canadian seal processing companies, NuTan Furs Inc., announced it would stop processing seals and shift its operations to other products. Yet in an unbelievably irresponsible move, the government of Newfoundland announced on April 5 that it will provide $3.6 million to subsidize the foreign-owned Carino Processing Limited so that they will now add to the 400,000 seal furs already reportedly stockpiled in warehouses around the globe.

This additional subsidy is a fraction of the cost that taxpayers will be picking up this year to sustain the dying commercial seal slaughter. Additional taxpayer money is used for, among other things, Coast Guard support for the seal hunt including icebreaking services, grants to seal product processors and marketers, and costly international legal challenges to try to reverse seal product trade bans.

These government handouts will not be enough to hold back the other reason this slaughter will end. Climate change has caused a steady deterioration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off of the front of Newfoundland. Harp seals depend on sea ice for whelping, and according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, harp seal pup mortality in areas where ice does not form or breaks up too early can be as high as 100 per cent.

Climate change not only causes high mortality in harp seals. Ultimately, it will cause the sea ice — and surviving seals on it — to recede north, beyond the range of the commercial sealing industry.

The end of the commercial sealing industry is inevitable. It’s time to take the politics out of the debate and redirect wasted taxpayer-supported subsidies to buy out the sealing licenses and to provide truly sustainable economic development programs to affected rural communities on the East Coast of Canada.

The economic and climate change realities are not lost on those actually doing the sealing. A 2010 poll revealed that half of Newfoundland sealers who expressed an opinion actually supported a sealing industry buyout. What is now needed is a sealing industry push to compel the political leadership at the provincial and federal levels to make it a reality.

Economic and environmental realities are aligning the interests of sealers and animal protection groups. Canada can move beyond commercial sealing, but only when our two sides stand together with a united message: The government must buy out sealing licenses and fund a transition to new and sustainable industries. When this happens, everybody on both sides will wonder why it took so long to come to such a sensible outcome.

By  Nicholas DePencer Wright

CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!




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A dear friend sent me this video…it says it all really.

Canada continues to import Dog/Cat fur products from China….this must end.  Enough blood is on the hands of Canada, between the horrific continued Seal Slaughter (Canada negotiating deal with China for seal products which resulted in Animal Welfare protests by some Chinese citizens);  Canada imports US mustangs into this country for slaughter in Canadian death houses;  dog breeder in Canada breeds beagles to send to research labs, Quebec puppy mills raided, 100’s of dogs rescued and put down;  kitten mills thrive, wild horses in Alberta being murdered;  retired race horses going to Quebec slaughter houses;  not to mention sport hunting;  not to mention Factory Farm animals being burned alive due to failure to ensure safety measures;  dogs/cats being abandoned, tortured, discarded like trash…..

Enough is enough!!  http://youtu.be/E2rjXbxi_gk

 ► 4:55► 4:55 www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2rjXbxi_gk18 Sep 2008 – 5 min – Uploaded by LadyHawkes
Am The Owner Of This Coat  Song was written and recorded by Maria Daines and Paul Killington from  

 Stop the Canadian Import of Dog and Cat Fur Products from Asia


CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!






Actions Speak Louder than Words


Remember, fur belongs to the animal wearing it, it looks far better on them than as a collar or cuff on some coat, glove or boot.  The new fake furs are beautiful, cheaper and take less care.

Photographs are life long trophies, reminders of having witnessed the animal in the wild, the majesty of their freedom…..a head stuck on the wall does not.

Stroking ones ego at the cost of a life is unforgivable.

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“Prime Minister Steven Harper and  the Honorable Kathy Dunderdale Premier Newfoundland and Labrador we would like YOU  BOTH specifically and particularly to read this (below)  Look at the numbers it does not add up?”

“I don’t think Canadians appreciate you supporting the seal hunt in the guise of a welfare payment program

let alone your support of this barbaric slaughter of tiny baby seals !  There is no hunt it is a misnomer!! A sealer walks up to a baby seal and spits its head open with a huge metal hook and or shoots it! It cannot run away or hide and its Mother watches distraught and crying for her baby.”

“I challenge you both on behalf of all twenty seven million two hundred and eighty seven thousand  Canadians to go and watch and witness this bloody slaughter ?”


Canadians 80%  of 34 million,108,572 of US … YES US… this is 27,287.001 people  DONT WANT this hunt

The world does not want the hunt or its bloody products !

When are you going to give this up?


You both continue to bring shame and disgust to our country of Canada and its citizens


Give it up you will though… so start providing job retraining your 6000 seal slaughter/ hunt team!!


Patronage and seals…by Ed Hollett    ed_hollet@hotmail.com


Thursday’s announcement by fisheries minister Darin King should give you a pretty big reminder that the local political scene remains mired in the past.


The provincial government is giving a private sector company a $3.6 million.  They are calling it a loan.  In effect, the provincial government is going to pay a cash subsidy directly to fishermen to kill twice as many seals as the company involved could buy. That’s according to a company official at the news conference on Thursday.


Interestingly enough, this is exactly the type of subsidy that helped to decimate the cod stocks since it encourages fishermen to over-harvest the resource.  The excuse for it is much the same as well:  it is supposedly just bridge financing to help the industry get through some difficult times now. Things will get better in the future.


There’s no truth in it of course.  There never has been.  Those are just the official excuses the politicians need to avoid the decisions that are tough but that would actually improve the fishery.


Even more interestingly, there’s a growing international effort to wipe out these subsidies. Yet while people around the world are trying to change the behaviour that led to the loss of our fish stocks, the locals are just carrying on as if everything was just peachy.


This looming change in the fishery and the fish markets is part of the story behind the more recent fisheries crisis, by the way, but that’s another issue.


One sentence in the seal subsidy release leaped out.  it’s down towards the bottom. It’s vague and written in the passive voice, which likely means the person who wrote the release was just filling up space.  Here’s the claim:


The value of the industry to the provincial economy has been estimated at close to $100 million in total in recent years.


has been estimated”.


By whom?


Well certainly not the provincial government.  The fisheries department website gives information for three years.  They are from a time before the most recent collapse of the markets:


The Sealing Industry contributed on average approximately $16 million to harvester’s income, and approximately $37 million to the provincial economy in the last three years:


1.    2006: approximately $30 million in landed value and approximately $55 million to the provincial economy.

2.    2007: approximately $11 million in landed value and approximately $32 million to the provincial economy.

3.    2008: approximately $7 million in landed value and approximately $24 million to the provincial economy.

4.    From $30 million in landed value and $55 million in total in 2006 to a mere $7.0 million in landed value and $24 million total value two years later.


So $100 million in total value to the economy?  Only, if you add up a bunch of years and that doesn’t seem to be what they meant.


This province won’t have a viable, local fishing industry in the future as long as the provincial government sticks with bad policy ideas like doling out cash to fishermen and local companies as they did in the seal announcement on Thursday.





Thank you on behalf of baby Canadian Seals



Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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       How does that saying go? 

“Talk is Cheap”.

       Well for at least one Province int this country, Action Speaks Louder than words!!!!

We are all aware of the horrific brutality inflicted on the 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C.  These dogs, faithful money making servants were summarily shot and in some cases had their throats brutally slashed.  Why, because the economy had taken a decline and the owner and operator of this particular business felt the animals were of no more use.  This case only came to light when the individual who did not say NO when told by the owner to kill these beautiful faithful dogs, applied to Workers Compensation claiming he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        The province of British Columbia stepped up, and toughened their Animal Protection Laws.


        Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.

WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia recognizes that the health, safety and well being of all animals is vital, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia leads the country with the toughest penalties for anyone proven responsible for harming an animal, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia believes that the prevention of cruelty to animals is a matter of humanity and not just a matter of legislation, and
WHEREAS by working together and sharing information on how to prevent, recognize, and report signs of animal abuse, we can help protect all animals from abuse and neglect, and
WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;
NOW KNOW YE THAT we do by these presents proclaim and declare that April 23, 2012 shall be known as
(in honour of the lost lives of 100 sled dogs on April 23, 2010)
in the Province of British Columbia.
The Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta has also Stepped UP and have made their own Proclamation: double click picture to enlarge for easier reading.

Having fought so hard myself for over three years for animal protection laws within the NWT, there remains a great deal yet to be done.  The new NWT Dog Act contains a potentially deadly loophole which MLA and now Minister David Ramsay is quoted as describing “big enough to drive a truck through”.  The new NWT Dog Act pertains solely to dogs period and does not protect any other domestic pet. Not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I fought so hard for.  It must be noted that the motion did pass in the Legislative Assembly that the Territorial Government is to keep working forward to enact Comprehensive Animal Protection which already exists across the rest of Canada.

A number of years ago, due to a horrific incident involving many dogs in the Yukon, the Yukon chose to strengthen their own Animal Protection Legislation.  Now with the news that a well known Yukon Musher is planning to ACT in a proactive manner to toughen protection of Sled Dogs in the Yukon, it is evident that perhaps the new Yukon Legislation of a few years ago was not strong enough.

Mr. Frank Tuner was interviewed : sleddogcentral.com/interviews/turr


 Obviously Mr. Turner also believes that

Actions Speak Louder than Words.

Clearly animal cruelty is and will remain an International focus, on so many levels one cannot even fathom.  Every second of every single day, an animal is being horrifically neglected, abused and exploited at the hands of a human.  Says a lot about the human species does it not?  From the starving neglected dogs left on chains, animals tortured and butchered for the sheer sick pleasure that some even sicker individual gets out of inflicting such pain, to the dog fighting rings that provide an illegal income to the cruel and greedy, the puppy and kitten mills run by the totally insensitive mass breeders, to those breeders whose sole goal is to make money from research companies, to the Factory Farm Animals, Battery Hens and roadside zoos that fail to provide proper care and the necessities of life to the animals that they derive income from.

The list goes on and on.  I will not even cite other instances such as those that take place in China or on the frozen coasts of Canada.

A challenge to the rest of Canada, to the remaining Provinces and Territories across this vast and magnificent land is being made right now.

Follow the lead of British Columbia!!! 

Put forward your own Provincial and Territorial Proclamation in honor and memory of the thousands of animals brutalized every day,

the thousands of animals that die in shelters because they have been discarded by others!!!!

In honor of the innocent lives taken because existing Municipal, Provincial and Federal Legislation is not

tough enough, does not do enough to end the suffering and to bring those responsible to Justice.

Pictures received from the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA in Inuvik, NT.  No charges laid, no animals survived.

Picture of dead pup submitted by a resident of Hay River, NT.  Decaying body was found by the river in Town.

     It is Time!!!

Zero Tolerance to Animal Cruelty across Every Municipality, Every Province, Every Territory in Canada!!!

Actions Speak Louder than Words!!!

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Normally Saturdays and Sundays, better known as a weekend, are the times a person can actually sleep in before getting to the tasks around the house..tackling that TO DO LIST…which always seems to get longer each weekend..know the feeling???

Well for this Blogger, rising early..as it happens..6 a.m. this morning…means having the extra time to catch up on Blog posts, spend time with LOKI during his breakfast, visiting with all his buddies that he brings along..this morning the guests were Fiddle, Henri and Charlie..Charlie got extra cuddles this morning.

Henir with Loki

…and then booting up the computer, answering emails, and putting together new post updates..once the posts are done..then putting them up on my various sites.  Sometime today..I will get my own TO DO LIST widdled down I hope.  Note:  that I say that every weekend!!



Now on to the important issues:

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Oppose Latest Assault on Wild Horses: BLM Plans to Replace Wild Stallions with Geldings on the Range

Proposed Action for Nevada’s Pancake Complex Is a Triple Assault on Wild Horse Populations


The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again! This time with the three worse-case scenarios included in one roundup proposal:

  • the massive roundup of 1,000 wild horses;
  • the castration of wild stallions and replacement of wild-free roaming mustangs with geldings; and
  • the zeroing-out of an entire Herd Area (HA), permanently removing all wild horses while leaving hundreds of privately-owned cattle behind.

Making matters worse, the plan also includes sex-ratio skewing of the herds to favor stallions over mares, a strategy that is being implemented in the absence of any scientific justification or review.

Straight from the Horse’s Heart


Breaking News Update: Convicted Nebraska Wild Mustang Murderer Up for Parole


HOUSTON (SFTHH) – Sources close to SFTHH have verified that Jason Meduna, convicted of 145 counts of felony animal cruelty carrying a sentence of 5-10 years, is up for parole on October 26th, 2011 after barely serving 20 months of his sentence.  Meduna shocked a Nebraska court and the nation in April of ’09 when dozens of wild horses were found dead from starvation on his Nebraska 3- Strikes Ranch with hundreds more sick and dying.

Ban private “ownership” of exotic pets: 49 slaughtered after set free


From CNN | By Will Tavers

CNN Editor’s note: Will Tavers is CEO and co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, whose mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue animals in need and protect wildlife, including highly endangered species. The foundation includes Born Free USA, which runs a primate sanctuary in Texas for 500 primates rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession.

Exotic animals should live in the wild, not be exploited in profit-motivated zoos — or worse — as “pets” or backyard oddities by people who have a deeply misguided sense of dominion or ownership.


At Least Two Dozen Dead in Ohio


What Did I Do Wrong?


Pledge to Help Companion Animals This Winter!


Andrea the cat survives multiple euthanization attempts at Utah shelter

  • Ben Winslow, KSTU

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Andrea the cat was picked up as a stray and brought to a Utah animal shelter. After no one came to claim her, she was euthanized — or at least, that’s what everyone thought.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/andrea-the-cat-survives-multiple-euthanization-attempts-at-utah-shelter#ixzz1bWgaaXRS

Police Kill 12-Year-Old Golden Retriever Named Boomer


Man caught on film beating dog- neighbours take matters into their own hands!‏


By Nick Enoch

A man has been arrested over allegations of animal abuse after he was caught on film appearing to beat a terrified dog with a pole as it desperately tried to get inside its owner’s house.

The video, shot from a neighbouring window, shows what seems to be a white Staffordshire bull terrier being kicked, punched in the face and repeatedly hit while a small boy looks on excitedly.

Within hours of the footage being posted on social networking site Facebook, an angry mob is said to have surrounded the man’s house in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire.

Police were called to the address last night and onlookers watched as a man, believed to be the dog’s owner, was arrested.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050865/Animal-abuse-Facebook-footage-gets-Grimsby-man-arrested-beat-dog.html#ixzz1bWcbAss6

 Man saves dogs‏


Fantastic interception by a very brave man, and the help of many animal rights activists!

By Bo Gu, NBC News

BEIJING – Traffic was running smoothly on a highway just outside Beijing last Friday – until a man noticed an enormous truck carrying stacks of caged dogs.

Mr. An, an animal rights activist and volunteer at Beijing-based China Small Animal Protection Association, saw the cramped, whimpering dogs and decided to do something. His decision ended up saving the lives of 580 canines, who were on their way to the northeastern city of Changchun, where they were to be slaughtered and eventually served for dinner.

You Can Help End This Hell!



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Push To Ban Puppy Mill Imports!


Save The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge…And Its Polar Bears


Urgent Action for Seals


Support A Shark Fin Ban in Toronto


Save Oregon’s Struggling Wolf Population: automatic, sample letter




Showing Animals Respect and Kindness










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Thank you:  Our Compass


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Thank you Animal Alliance of Canada for keeping all of us in the Loop

To learn more about what is happening across Canada, please visit their Website at:



IFAW Documents Unacceptable Cruelty During 2011 Seal Hunt 

 CORNERBROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – (Marketwire – April 13, 2011) -

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador documenting the commercial seal hunt, and on the opening day of the hunt filmed many apparent violations of the regulations.

“We have ample evidence that the three-step process to ensure humane killing is not being followed. Neither the test for unconsciousness, nor bleeding out to ensure death, is being conducted” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “As a consequence, we filmed the horror of a live seal pup being sliced down the belly while likely still conscious, and tossed ruthlessly in the bottom of a boat. For several minutes, the pup makes what appear to be directed, conscious flipper waving and clenching movements as bodies of other seals are piled on top of it.”

The three-step process stipulates that animals should be killed with a club, hakapik or rifle, tested to determine that the animals are unconscious and then bled to ensure death. Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations also require that a sealer retrieve either the pelt or carcass of animals killed during the commercial seal hunt.

“We have documented evidence of seal pups about three weeks of age being killed and left on the ice – skins intact – a clear violation of the law and an unethical and unacceptable waste of wildlife” said Fink.

“Where is the enforcement? Where is the monitoring?” demanded Fink, “When sealers flagrantly ignore the regulations when they are being filmed, I shudder to imagine what happens when no one is watching.”

The Canadian government insists that the hunt is both humane and vital to the economy of local communities. IFAW repeatedly documents cases like these that clearly demonstrate that the commercial seal hunt is not humane and that the rules are frequently ignored. The group also points out that this year sealers are replacing seal hunting with more lucrative crab fishing, which demonstrates that the seal hunt industry can be easily replaced.

“There is absolutely no reason for this slaughter to continue. There is no money to be made, and one sealer was quoted as saying the hunt is now being conducted simply for ‘sport’. The Government of Canada should admit that the seal hunt is cruel, that it is unnecessary, and they should end it immediately. What we have observed so far this year is simply unacceptable – there is no more room for excuses.”

In addition to the fact that the commercial seal hunt is cruel and inhumane, it is also a waste of Canadian taxpayer dollars. The landed value of the 2010 commercial seal hunt was just over $1 million in 2010, yet the Canadian government spent an estimated $2.3 million to support it.


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